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The Collectors Newsletter #285 December 2004
The Collectors Newsletter #285 December 2004
HAPPY HOLIDAYS From TIAS.com
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In this issue, you will read about....
1. The Bronze & The Shaker
2. Last Minute Holiday Gift Ideas
3. Your Classifieds
4. Software For Collectors. The Perfect Gift (sponsors message)
5. Lost and Found
6. News from the Kovels
7. Newly listed items
8. Funny Old Stuff
9. Wanted ads. Can you help?
10. A Vintage Recipe
11. A Vintage Recipe Request from a Reader
12. New Online Merchants
13. Helpful Resources For Collectors
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1) After you read these stories, tell us your interesting story. Send your
story to email@example.com and we may publish it here . We want to
hear any interesting or unusual stories you would like to share with us
that are related to collecting or anything vintage.
My father had sold a building he owned and it was my job to empty it.
At the rear of the basement was an underground wine cellar. You can
imagine what I thought of cleaning out something that had become a
storage bin for the tenants for fifty years. As I slowly removed the
mess that was there I saw a metal statue buried in the pile. I took it
home and for years it was used as a doorstop or just sat on top of the
television, mostly because it constantly had my daughter telling me to
throw the piece of junk out. When it needed a cleaning, I took it
outside and hosed it off. One night, while at Barnes & Noble, I spotted
a book titled "Bronze Artists of Europe." Maybe the name on the statue,
J. Pradier, would be in the book. It was, and the statue is no longer a
doorstop. It doesn't reside on top of the television anymore, either.
My father did not have to pay me, but I was richly paid anyway just
for helping him. The woman with a lyre now poses with the rest of
my collection of bronzes....Ernie
Long ago I gave my Mom and Dad a pair of salt and pepper shakers of
a bride and groom sitting on a park bench. Mom and Dad have been
gone a long time. I ended up with the salt and pepper shakers and put
them on a shelf where I thought they would always be safe. One day
my Husband was fixing a light in the Hutch and knocked the Bride and
Groom to the floor. The bride broke in a million pieces, far beyond
repair. Now the groom sits on the park bench with his hat in his hand,
head turned, eyes closed and red lips waiting for the kiss that never
comes. He has on a long black coat and grey pants with a stripe. For
years I have looked for a sitting bride that can sit on the vacant seat on
the park bench. Can anyone help me find her? The remaining groom
is about 4 and one half inches high. The park bench is 4 inches long
and 2 and one half inches high. Thank you. If you can help, contact
Comments, thoughts? Post them online at:
We collect interesting stories about collecting. Things like your best find,
unusual collections, bizarre collectibles. Anything and everything that is
interesting that has to do with collecting. We may publish it here. Send
your story to firstname.lastname@example.org .
2) Last Minute Holiday Gift Ideas
Ok, you're getting desperate for Holiday gift ideas. We've got some
great gift ideas for you. Take a look at:
3) Your Classifieds...
Do you have antiques or collectibles you are just itching to sell? A simple
classified ad in this newsletter might just be your answer. Over 240,000
readers subscribe to this newsletter. One of them just might be able
to help you out. Place your ad today at:
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A History of 19th Century Foods with Recipes
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5) Lost and Found
We accept three types of Lost and found submissions for publication in this
1. You have a vintage item in hand and you are trying to find relatives of
the original owner(s). This could be an old photo album, baby book, diploma,
Family Bible, or other vintage items that can be linked to a specific person
2. You are looking for a fairly common vintage item that has deep personal
meaning for you or someone you know. I'm sorry, but we do not post
requests for "one of a kind items" that have been lost or stolen.
3. If you have a friend or relative that has been lost for at least 10 years,
maybe our readers can help you.
Remember to include as many details about the item(s) as you can. For
your story to run in this section, you must include your email address and
allow us to publish it. If this service helps you eventually track down the
relatives or find an item, please tell us about it in a follow-up story.
Found at a local Richmond Virginia auction, the Commonwealth of Virginia
Certificate of Marriage given to the minister to give to the couple, dated
July 12, 1941.
Marriage of Daniel Hearon Call and Dorothea Cecilia Graham
Baptist Minister: Theodore F. Adams, who was a long time pastor of
First Baptist Church, Monument & Boulevard, Richmond, VA.
I'll be happy to mail this certificate to a descendant of Call or Graham at
no charge. Contact email@example.com for more info.
How about you? Do you have some special vintage item that is in need of
its owner or are you looking for a special item or person? Maybe we can
help. Send us info at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Exclusive report on unusual sales of the year
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7) Newly listed items for your online shopping pleasure for Friday
December 17, 2004 Stop by and check out today's fresh inventory at:
8) Funny Old Stuff
This is our humor section. These are humorous stories and jokes that
are sent in by readers. If you have a submission you would like to share,
please send it to email@example.com and we may run it in the next issue.
This past summer my sons and their families were at home for a week-end and
decided they want to cook-out. I was in the kitchen checking the potatoes -
if they were ok and enough. They had "sprouted" as potatoes will often do
in the summertime. My little granddaughter (2-1/2 years old but with a
grown persons vocabulary) happened to walk through when I had taken the
potatoes out of the bin Her comment - Are we having Reindeer Potatoes? Of
course now there will always be reindeer potatoes in this Mimi's kitchen.
Carolyn in NC
Do you have a funny story or joke you would like to share? Make someone
feel good by sharing it with us. Send it to firstname.lastname@example.org and we may
publish it here.
9) Wanted ads. Can you help?
Here are the latest wanted ads from the TIAS Exchange. Can
you help someone out? To place an ad of your own take a look at:
WANTED: WANTED large vintage Fairy Phonograph Lamp
WANTED: TAMAQUA, PA Items wanted
WANTED: Vintage Canister
WANTED: Horlick's Jar Screw Lid
WANTED: 1930s Carved Oak Dining Room Chair Sought
WANTED: WANTED: Clock movement
Looking for something? Place a "Wanted" ad in this newsletter. Over
319,000 subscribers. It's easy, go to:
10) A Vintage Recipe
In the last issue Linda requested a recipe for a "fruit cake"
Here is one of the responses to this weeks request. If you
have a variation of this recipe that you would like to share
with our readers, please post it to:
Be sure to check out this weeks recipe request, below.
I believe the receipe that you are looking for is Yule Cake. It tastes like a
fruity candy bar.
1 1/2 C. brazil nuts (whole)
1 1/2 C. Walnut halves
1 pkg. (7 1/4 oz) pitted dates
1/2 C. maraschino cherries (drained) I use both kinds
1/2 C. raisins
3/4 C. sifted flour
3/4 C. sifted sugar (Sift together over the dry fruit)
1/2 tsp. Baking powder
3 eggs (beat and add)
1 tsp. vanilla
(Mix together until flour is completely absorbed)
line bread tin with wax paper and bake at 300 - 1 1/2 hr. until toothpick
in the center comes out dry.
(I use a tin can of water in the oven while baking fruit cakes, it keeps
the fruit cake moist.) Marge J.
Did you know TIAS merchants have over 1000 vintage
cookbooks for sale online? They make great gifts. Take a
11) A vintage recipe request from a reader
As with collectibles, people also have very strong feelings about foods
from their past. Sometimes these special recipes get lost. This section
is to help people who are looking for lost recipes from their past. If you
submit a request, please include the the geographical region where
you had this recipe.
I had a request from a new friend at a christmas
gathering for Applesauce Pie... I've never heard of
this just applesauce cake... but pie sounds very
interesting... Is there such a thing ? Debra
If you can help this reader with this recipe, please forward it to
email@example.com . If you have a vintage recipe request send it to
firstname.lastname@example.org and we might just publish it here.
Be sure to check out our vintage kitchen collectibles section online at:
12) New Online Merchants
These merchants just opened shop online. Stop by and check out their
fresh inventory for Holiday shoppers.
We have an assortment of quality glassware to include antique
opalescent colored oil lamps, clear oil lamps, early opalescent glassware
and collectible glassware. We also now specialize in early cased images
- mostly quality daguerreotypes.
Glass Thru Time
My shoppe will carry various glass artisans including Steven Lundberg,
Steuben, Nemtoi and others. I have included several personal pieces and
also glass and antiques from various auctions.
Hello, friends! I am offering collectibles, vintage jewelry, roseville, china,
glassware, purses, paintings, and more. In fact, I have something new
you may enjoy... beautiful!
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13) Helpful Resources:
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